Bellaire council steps outdoors

BELLAIRE While the rainy weather put a damper on the kickoff of Bellaire’s All-American Days Festival that began Thursday, it didn’t prevent village council from hosting its bi-monthly meeting outside under the cover of the newly constructed gazebo in the village park.

However, the meeting was relatively uneventful as councilmen Jim Piatt and Josh Meyer were not in attendance, leaving council at least one person short of being able to waive the three-reading rule and pass neither an ordinance nor a resolution that were read during the meeting.

First up was an ordinance authorizing Mayor Vince DeFabrizio to convey the deed to less than an acre parcel of property at the village’s commerce park to the Belmont County Port Authority.

The land, where Sno-Biz is currently located, would be turned over to the port authority for marketing purposes.

Next up was a resolution allowing the mayor to extend the village’s contract with the East Ohio Regional Solid Wastewater Authority.

Both will be heard for a second reading at the next regularly scheduled council meeting, slated for Thursday, June 20 inside council chambers.

Village Administrator Dan Marling gave an abbreviated report to council, noting that water collections for the village were continuing to improve.

Marling did explain that the funding to repave and repaint the lines at the village’s main parking lot was done so with money that came from the parking fund and not the general fund.

Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk introduced two of his newest officers to council, noting that they have been primarily working night shift and have been an asset to the department.

Solicitor Joe Vavra told council that he’s drafted a joint resolution that will go ahead with creating a joint fire district, along with Pultney Township.

Before putting it to a vote before council, Vavra explained he wished to have the Pultney Township Trustees examine the ordinance and make sure that the language reads as they’d like it.

Both the trustees and village council would have to agree to the language in the ordinance before moving forward.

Similar to the recent formation of the Ohio River & Western Fire District, comprised of Mead Township and Shadyside, this fire district would need to have a levy passed by citizens in its proposed coverage area.

So while council and the trustees can pass legislation officially creating the district, without funding, it would not be able to go forward.

Once created, the official fire board can be named, along with the solicitor and fiscal officer, who would then work to determine the millage amount for a potential levy.

Members of village council previously stated that public meetings will be scheduled so citizens can be heard and ask questions in relation to the fire district, which is to be known as McMahon Valley Fire District.

A letter of correspondence from Dan Brown was read, asking that in the future, consideration for the trees in the village park be considered signs and flyers are to be displayed in the park.

Brown complained that he and others had notice flyers being nailed and/or stapled to the trees recently.

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